Police have arrested two people in Martinez for the death of an elderly man on Thursday.
Authorities received a call around 10:28 a.m to the 200 block of Escondido Drive about a man not breathing.
After arriving on the scene, a 77-year-old man was found dead in a bedroom.
An investigation into the cause of his death revealed it was likely due to neglect.
The two suspects arrested have been identified as 49-year-old Edmund Phillip St. John and 50-year-old Laura Ann Lawrence, both from Martinez.
Officials say they have been booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for manslaughter, elder abuse, and child cruelty.
After a continued investigation, detectives presented the case to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office leading to the suspects also being charged with murder and intimidating a witness.
Photos of the suspects have not yet been released.
Police ask that if you have any information on the incident to contact Detective Sergeant Moore at (925) 372-3450.
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